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Assaidi targeting FA Cup run

Striker Oussama Assaidi admits he had no idea Stoke reached the FA Cup final three seasons ago.

Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, helped Stoke reach the fourth round on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Leicester.

He set up the first goal for Kenwyne Jones at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke overcame a potentially tricky tie against the Championship high-flyers.

His team-mates have clearly not been reminiscing because Assaidi had no idea about their achievement.

He said: "I didn't hear about that. To play the final at Wembley is nice. I hope to be there and to play but we will see."

Charlie Adam fired in a long-range second 10 minutes after the break and it was not until substitute David Nugent headed in a reply in the 77th minute that Leicester threatened a comeback.

Assaidi said: "We were 2-0 in front and they didn't have chances. They had one and they scored but we won the game and that's the important thing.

"In the cup it's very difficult to play against the second division clubs because they fight and they give everything but I think in the first half we played well. The second half we played not so well but the important thing was that we won.

"It was disappointing that we didn't win against Everton but we showed good things (against Leicester) and everyone is very happy with this win."

Next up is a clash with Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, which Assaidi will have to miss because he is not allowed to play against his parent club.

He said: "I've played now a lot and I feel it in my legs but I won't play against Liverpool so I have one week of rest.

"Of course you want to play every game but I can't do anything about it. I will support my team-mates and I hope we get a good result."

Assaidi admits he sees his long-term future at Liverpool and he has been impressed with how Brendan Rodgers' side have been playing this season.

But he believes Stoke can come out on top at home, where they have lost only once in the league this season.

The winger said: "They are playing very well, I like how they play and Liverpool is a very beautiful club. But I think if we play like we did against Everton we will make it a very hard game for them.

"At home we can beat everyone. Against Chelsea, Manchester City, against Everton, we showed that we can win against the big teams. We are very strong and the crowd is fantastic behind us and they help us a lot."